CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care is an essential part of a Career in the Child Care sector. This enables you to move from worker to Fulltime roles as a Group Leader, Supervisor and Centre Director.

Anyone planning a long-term career in Child Care, should undertake this qualification which is the pathway to take on more involved roles with greater likelihood of permanent positions and ability to influence and set direction, and the design of positive educational activities in a range of Child Care settings.

Ask us about how the Core units from your Certificate 3 can transition across to your Diploma, saving time and money.

  • Group Leader in a Childcare Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Children’s Services Manager
  • Centre Coordinator / Supervisor
  • Centre Director / Manager
  • Industry approved training material
  • Contact us to discuss your individual situation and how we assist with fees
  • Get experience in a real facility
  • Support to find employment

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Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

As part of your course, you will need to complete 280 hours of vocational placement.

Vocational Placement

As part of your course you will need to complete 240 hours of vocational placement. This gives you the opportunity to put the theory into practice, and experience what a career in Child Care actually looks like. During Vocational Placement we ensure you are supported and taught by experienced team members who work with us to ensure you succeed.

Once you have received your Blue Card you can being your Vocational Placement while you are undertaking your theory components.

We arrange placement for you! We factor in your location, transport issues, availability and MATCH you with an employer who will Host you for your Placement. This is your chance to SHINE, show them how professional you are and your Host will help you kick start your career.

Course Content

The course units are selected with input from employers to ensure you cover the material which is most relevant for employment. The Certificate III course includes 15 units of which 12 are core units. The 3 elective units are selected from the list below, depending on which units best fit your client base and organisation.



Unit Title Core / Elective
BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness C
CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children C
CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and well being C
CHCECE043 – Nurture creativity in children C
CHCECE044 – Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service C
CHCECE045 – Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children C
CHCECE046 – Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children C
CHCECE047 – Analyse information to inform children’s learning C
CHCECE048 – Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum C
CHCECE049 – Embed environmental responsibility in service operations C
CHCECE050 – Work in partnership with children’s families C
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice C
Choice of 3 electives  
CHCECE053 – Respond to grievances and complaints about the service E
CHCECE057 – Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles E
CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy E
CHCSAC010 – Foster holistic middle childhood learning development and wellbeing E

Course Structure and Fees

Qualifications can be completed via a combination of self-paced, study group or classroom. The duration will vary dependant on the delivery style and training plan negotiated for each student.

Where relevant assessment of competency may involve recognition of prior learning or credit transfer if prior skills or certification is held.

Fees for the program vary dependant on whether the individual holds a concession card, whether there are credit transfers available. Please contact our office to discuss your situation

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Student Testimonials

My trainer was fantastic, easily understandable and explains each topic in detail.


The length of the course allowed me to gain employment within the industry sooner.


The pace and reliability of the timetable worked perfectly with my timetable and my trainer delivered the content well and shared her wealth of knowledge and experience.